Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by MatzeLoCal
SGI and IRIX German technology website Heise.de reports that SGI will completely abandon its MIPS processor architecture, including its operating system Irix, in favour of Linux-powered Itanium workstations. SGI used MIPS and Irix in its products for almost 20 years, and with this switch to Intel, yet another major (historically speaking, that is) company abandons its architecture for the more common Intel one.
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taos
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> Solaris is based on AT&T SVR4, which SCO now own.
> Having to rewrite Solaris to remove SVR4 code is why open-sourcing Solaris took so long.


Do you know this as a fact? The story I collected is different.
"We paid a big, big bag of money a decade ago to get IP rights to do what we wanted to do with Solaris", said Scott McNealy. [ http://news.com.com/Sun,+HP+SCO+probably+wont+touch+us/2100-1016_3-... ]

"We have seen what Sun plans to do with OpenSolaris and we have no problem with it," McBride said. "What they're doing protects our Unix intellectual property rights." [ http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1785664,00.asp ]

Based on those quotes, it's unreasonable to think Sun had to remove SVR4 code, which SCO owns according to you.

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